The Great Art Heist Presented by TowneBank returns to Dare Arts in October

The Great Art Heist Presented by TowneBank returns to Dare Arts in October

September 10th, 2023

Dare Arts’ benefit art auction, The Great Art Heist Presented by TowneBank, will open at their Gallery in downtown Manteo on Friday, October 6 at 6pm. 

The opening reception will include libations, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz music by Devin Frazier and Ed Tupper. The reception is in conjunction with Manteo’s First Friday festivities and is free and open to everyone.

This year’s Great Art Heist will feature the work of over 100 local and regional artists that guests can bid on in-person and online at

“The Great Art Heist is the premier fundraiser for Dare Arts and it would not be the success that it is without the support of generous members of our community,” said event chairs Bea Basnight and Gail Midgett. “This year’s event committee is so very appreciative for the continued support of TowneBank who once again is sponsoring The Great Art Heist. We hope you will join us in October to support the Arts on the Outer Banks.” 

Registration to bid is now open online at The Great Art Heist will be open for bidding in person at the Dare Arts Gallery and online from October 6 through October 27. 

Once The Great Art Heist opens, Dare Arts will be offering extended hours on Thursdays. Gallery hours while the auction is open are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and closed Sunday-Monday.

If you can’t make it to opening night, plan a private viewing of The Great Art Heist with a group of friends during the month.

To schedule a private viewing, please email Dare Arts Executive Director Jessica Sands at Final bids must be in by 7:00pm on Friday, October 27.

Dare Arts thanks TowneBank for supporting The Great Art Heist since its inception.  

“TowneBank is honored to return as presenting sponsor for The Great Art Heist, a commitment we have made each year for this event,” said Taylor Sugg, TowneBank Northeastern North Carolina president. “This remarkable event brings together hundreds of artists for a fine art display and live art performances. We celebrate our partnership that supports Dare Arts’ mission to encourage the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment, and opportunity.”

TowneBank presents Dare Arts with a check to support The Great Art Heist. Pictured (L-R)- Dare Arts Gallery Manager Tiffany Lindsey, Dare Arts Gallery Director Lynne Francis, Great Art Heist Event Chair & Dare Arts Board Member Gail Midgett, TowneBank Northeastern North Carolina president Taylor Sugg, Great Art Heist Event Chair & Dare Arts First Vice President Bea Basnight, Dare Arts Executive Director Jessica Sands and Dare Arts Program Director Michelle Alexander. [Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements]
Founded in 1999, TowneBank is a company built on relationships, offering a full range of banking and other financial services, with a focus of serving others and enriching lives. Dedicated to a culture of caring, Towne values all employees and members by embracing their diverse talents, perspectives, and experiences.

Today, the bank operates over 40 banking offices throughout Hampton Roads and Central Virginia, as well as Northeastern and Central North Carolina – serving as a local leader in promoting the social, cultural, and economic growth in each community. Towne offers a competitive array of business and personal banking solutions, delivered with only the highest ethical standards. Experienced local bankers providing a higher level of expertise and personal attention with local decision-making are key to the TowneBank strategy.

Towne has grown its capabilities beyond banking to provide expertise through its controlled divisions and subsidiaries that include Towne Wealth Management, Towne Insurance Agency, Towne Benefits, TowneBank Mortgage, TowneBank Commercial Mortgage, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty, Towne 1031 Exchange, LLC, and Towne Vacations. With total assets of $16.67 billion as of March 31, 2022, TowneBank is one of the largest banks headquartered in Virginia.

Businesses interested in sponsoring The Great Art Heist should contact Dare Arts Executive Director Jessica Sands at

For more information about the event, please visit or call (252) 473-5558. 

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